The ringing of the bell from the historic First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the highlights of the dedication ceremony at the Smithsonian National National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. on Sept. 24. Photo by Travis Riddick
Op-Ed

JESSE JACKSON: New Museum Is a Stunning Achievement

Demonstrations continue in Charlotte, N.C., and protests have spread to Atlanta and elsewhere, sparked most recently by the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Against that backdrop, I joined thousands for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the mall in Washington, D.C. [read more…]

Benjamin Chavis (left) speaks during the first of a 10-part lecture series alongside All Eyes on D.C. founder Sam P.K. Collins at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Northwest D.C. on Nov. 19. Photo by Travis Riddick
Op-Ed

Ben Chavis Urges Support for Black Lives Matter Movement

For many elders who participated in the black liberation movement of the ’60s and ’70s, the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement is history repeating itself — in a good way. Benjamin Chavis, famed civil rights leader and president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, emphasized Thursday the need to support the youth on the front lines during the first of 10 lectures in a series at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Northwest D.C. [read more…]